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Affordable housing complex in Steveston gets $6.7 million for upgrades

Metro Vancouver is funding upgrades to extend building life and reduce energy consumption.
Minato West in Steveston will undergo major upgrades set to complete in 2026.

A wood-framed affordable housing complex in Steveston is going green with major upgrades.

Metro Vancouver approved a construction contract contract with Signia Construction Ltd. back in April for up to $6,762,920 for Minato West at 4151 Regent St.

The project, aiming to reduce emissions and improve tenant comfort, received funding of $1.1 million from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The complex was built in 1977 and consists of two three-level apartment buildings and 80 townhouses, offering a total of 110 suites.

The building envelope replacement project includes replacing the original siding on the exterior walls, renewing exterior walkways and balconies of the apartment buildings, switching out aluminum-framed windows and sliding doors with thermal-efficient options and replacing light fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs.

The upgrades will extend the life of the buildings by 50 years, according to Metro Vancouver. The project is also expected to reduce energy consumption and energy bills for tenants, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent.

In an update provided in a report for the Metro Vancouver Regional District's housing committee meeting on June 14, the construction contract award is expected to happen in June 2024 and the project is set to be completed in the second quarter of 2026.

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